B Sc (Hons) in Construction
This is a Top-up degree programme awarded by the University of the West of England (UWE).
Students in Construction Degree in Sri Lanka will be equipped with a broad range of construction project management skills, who have the technical depth required by the profession and the necessary breadth of knowledge required to see their roles in a wider context and work effectively alongside other built environment professionals.
- O/L, A/L or engineering foundation, HND or HD in relevant field
- Hands on approach to complex-advanced topics
- Become qualified for mid-level engineering roles
- Design as a key skill lacking in Sri Lanka building sector
- Pick up skills and knowledge to advance your career
- Boost your portfolio of work so you can impress future employers
University of the West of England (UWE)
located in Bristol, is a modern university with roots that date back to the founding of the 16th century Bristol Society of Merchant Venturers' Navigation School. Today, UWE has more than 27,000 students, 4,000 of whom are international hailing from 140 different countries. The university offers over 600 courses at undergraduate, postgraduate, professional and short course level, with a broad subject portfolio encompassing the arts, creative industries, health, science, business, law, environment and technology.
Why study construction project management?
The urgent need to support economic development in the south west and the UK generally is increasing the number of large construction and infrastructure projects requiring development. There is growing demand for professionals who understand the business aspects of running a company, building technology and the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) used in the project management of construction.
Why UWE Bristol?
BSc(Hons) Construction Project Management is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB). It's available for both full and part-time study, so you can work towards Chartered Builder or Chartered Construction Manager status if you're already working in the industry. Learn to effectively manage the construction process to meet client needs within external constraints. Study the principles of economics, business, law, building information modelling (BIM), building design and science, and construction technology and management.
Apply your knowledge and skills to real-life scenarios in a work-based research project or dissertation on a specific topic of interest. Our construction partner employers provide industry knowledge, placements and recruitment advice to improve your employability on graduation. You'll get to work in teams across professional disciplines in a way that reflects industry practice. Discover new techniques and approaches on site visits and field trips. Test your skills on a placement, which may qualify as part of the professional development required to achieve Chartered status.
Where can it take me?
On graduation, you could work for UK or global construction organisations concerned with the management and business of developing and constructing buildings and other infrastructure.
You'll have opportunities to work in project management, quantity surveying, property development, facilities and asset management.
CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY AND BUILDING SERVICES
30 Credits | 50% Exam – 50% Coursework
This module seeks to highlight links between related aspects of the design, site practice and operation of buildings and services installations including building performance at the point of occupations. It consolidates the ideas of performance and construction and to extend the range of building use and technology to include commercials and industrial buildings, with their related production processes and technologies, including method, sequence and resources requirements. It also extends a basic appreciation of environmental science developed at level 1 to examine how principles are applied to create successful engineering systems in buildings. Emphasis will be placed on means employed by buildings designers and developers to accommodate the needs of building users and managers.
15 Credits | 0% Exam – 100% Coursework
Introduce students to the nature of construction sites, management approaches and techniques that can be applied in the context and culture of site-based production. Introduce student to the principles and reason for establishing an accurate planning, monitoring and control system for all aspects of on-site production including an appreciation of the integration require between off site and onsite manufacture processes and relationships with the supply chain. Introduce students to decision making appropriate for Quality Control, Health and Safety and Sustainability Management during on site production including method statements, risk assessments, waste management and other associated activities with this regards.
PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND HEALTH AND SAFETY RISK MANAGEMENT
30 Credits | 0% Exam – 100% coursework
The syllabus content will cover the feasibility, planning and implementation stages of the project life cycle:-
Project Management theory and methodology
Programming and risk programming
Organizational structures for projects
Collaboration and partnering
Feasibility and project definition
Definition, life cycle analysis, costing and roles
Risk assessment, management andbehavior
Cost benefits analysis
The development of the business case.
Resourcing and planning
Spatial and project information system.
Eg Building Information Modelling
Health and safety risk assessment and management
Construction Design and Management Regulations
Information Management and decision making.
Cost control and cost planning methods
Programme control and monitoring
Project review and benchmarking
PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE FOR BUILT ENVIRONMENT PROFESSIONALS
15 credits | 0% exam – 100% coursework
Understand the role of their chosen professionals within the construction and property sector. Identify their own career goals and engage in the processes required to secure employment. Appreciate the practice of reflection in relation to professional development . Demonstrate an understanding of the differences between a research methodology, or perspective, and research methods. Evaluate the relevance and qualify of information and data obtained from primary and/ or secondary sources and demonstrate appropriate use of qualitative and quantitative research methods.
PROCUREMENT AND CONTRACT PRACTICE
30 credits | 50% exam – 50% coursework
Gain an overview of the contractual role undertaken by construction professionals in practice and equip students with practical skills that can be developed in the workplace . Demonstrate an ability to apply the law and to solve practical legal problems by answering questions based on actual or hypothetical situations. Understand the main principles which govern contracting within the construction industry and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of different procurement approaches to construction contracts. Identify and appraise key building contract procedures and the roles and responsibilities of the various parties involved including legal aspects of Building Information Management Systems . Identify the form of the various building contracts and the difference routes of building procurement available . Evaluate the pre-contract and post contract procedures in building practices in building contracts as well as the procedures used during the life of the contract.
TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION AND LIFE CYCLES
30 credits | 0% exam – 100% coursework
As client demands change and production processes progress, new technological solutions emerge that will require a more fundamental understanding, not only in design but also in their production. Generally seen as innovation many of the current changes come from the increasing need to take the life cycle of the building into account. Contemporary concerns for the environment and procurement methods such as PFI are all accelerating these changes. This module offers the opportunity to develop a holistic approach to construction technology and project management approaches. The intention is to focus on life cycle issues and how they influence decision making on technology. The module will also enhance students` decision making skills by making them aware of the interrelationships between client requirements, building design and performance, production, maintenance and cost considerations working in a team environment.
STRATEGIC AND OPERATIONAL MANAGEMENT
30 credits | 50% exam – 50% coursework
This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to consider the role of strategic and operational management within construction organizations and projects. Learners will examine various approaches to the strategic management of organizations and consider how they relate to project processes, construction markets, to external environments and other organizations; this will include reviewing some of the common and topical management issues that the industry needs to address to meet the increasing demands of client and stakeholders. Throughout the module the links between strategy and operational management will be developed; and a significant element of the module will address the wide range of issues facing modern construction managers. The scope, use a limitations of qualitative and quantitative models will be examined, with particular reference to their application for improving project performance and productivity within the construction industry.
15 credits | 0% exam – 100% coursework
Understand the concept of professionalism and the duties and responsibilities of build environment professionals (With particular emphasis on the role of their own prospective profession) to clients, building users, constructors, co-professionals and wider society. Understand the role of the main professions involved in the development process and the nature of collaborative work in a multi-disciplinary team and critically reflect on the impact of building projects on clients, users and the wider community taking into account both positive and negative consequences of development including environmental impact. Understand the legal, professional and statutory responsibilities of the built environment professionals and the organizations, regulation and procedures involved in the negotiation and approval of designs, including land law, development control, building regulations and health and safety legislation. Interpret the needs and aspirations of clients and identify and evaluate a range of alternatives in responding to the brief and considering the appropriate development process. Consider and interact and engage with information generated through collaborative working to inform decision making and to justify appropriate solutions
HR AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
15 credits | 50% exam – 50% coursework
To provide an understanding of the financial planning, management and administration of construction projects and site operations and resource needs. To facilitate student recognition of financial and human resource factors and constraints and their evaluation in the decisions making process. To build on studies of economics, finance and management completed in previous years and to integrate them into a study of the management of the construction enterprise at project and operations level.
30 credits | 0% exam – 100% coursework
Students are required to do a dissertation which a research question and/or hypothesis will be selected, to provide a rationale for this. Students have to design an appropriate research strategy to examine the chosen question (s) and/or hypothesis, demonstrating a critical awareness of the methodological problems posed by the investigation. Students will collect, analyze and synthesize evidence and/or data using appropriate techniques and instruments. Students have to work independently to plan and manage a complex research project over an extended period of time and complete it by a given deadline.
A growing demand for professionals to understand the business aspects of running a company, building technology and the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) used in the project management of construction.
University of the West of England (UWE), located in Bristol, is a modern university with roots that date back to the founding of the 16th century Bristol Society of Merchant Venturers’ Navigation School. Today, UWE has more than 27,000 students, 4,000 of whom are international hailing from 140 different countries. The university offers over 600 courses at undergraduate, postgraduate, professional and short course level, with a broad subject portfolio encompassing the arts, creative industries, health, science, business, law, environment and technology.